WATCH: Lando Norris Reminisces About the ‘Iconic’ Milk Challenge With Carlos Sainz

Published 06/11/2021, 2:30 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Tuscan Grand Prix – Mugello, Scarperia e San Piero, Italy – McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr. and Lando Norris during a press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz forged one of the closest relationships ever seen among teammates. Although Sainz is now with Ferrari, the bond remains strong between the two former teammates at McLaren.

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Recently, Norris engaged with his fans on his Twitch channel. During this appearance, the Briton recalled an old challenge he did with Sainz, while appreciating their relationship.

Lando Norris recalls the ‘Milk Challenge’ with Carlos Sainz in Barcelona

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After finishing P5 in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Norris remains the only driver to score points in all six races so far. Although the Briton put in a solid performance in Baku, Ferrari overtook McLaren in the constructor’s championship to take third place. A few days on from the “Land of Fire,” Norris recalled the popular ‘Milk Challenge’ in Barcelona last season.

Ahead of pre-season testing for the 2020 season, Sky Sport’s Johnny Herbert challenged Norris and Sainz to hold a bowl filled with milk in the passenger seat of a road car. While they would do this, their teammate would drive past cones to try and make milk fall out of the bowl. The driver with the most milk in the bowl at the end would win the challenge.

Although Norris won the challenge, it displayed the warm, brotherly relationship that the two drivers shared, and still do. The Briton had a simple description for the video. “No matter what mood you’re in, there’s this one video that always will make you laugh! It’s this one. It’s so iconic,” said Norris.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr. and Lando Norris during a press conference ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix FIA/Handout via REUTERS

The 21-year-old also made a few observations about Sainz while watching the challenge. “Carlos drives with his mouth open the whole time! He’s not very good with reverse,” said the Briton.

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How are Norris and Sainz getting on this season?

Although Norris is currently fourth in the driver’s championship with 66 points, Sainz has found his groove in Ferrari. The Spaniard has 42 points from the first six races. In addition, the responsibilities on both drivers are greater than ever this season, with McLaren and Ferrari in a tight battle for third place in the constructor’s championship.

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Fans witnessed more of the friendship between Norris and Sainz in the Monaco Grand Prix, where both drivers finished on the podium.

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While the season intensifies heading into the French Grand Prix, the friendship between Norris and Sainz looks set to stay.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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